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William Shatner, the original Captain James T. Kirk, didn’t make the cut for J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek. Now that we’ve all seen the movie and know the story, it seems like it would have been a tough fit, creatively. That core Trek universe still exists, though — the one that Abrams’ movie spins off of — and the series’ frequent forays into time travel and inter-dimensional wandering means there’s always room for a Shatner appearance in the future. Not in the near future, though; Shatner himself has confirmed that he won’t be showing up in Star Trek sequel.
“I have become an acquaintance of J.J. as of late, but I’m afraid no … no, I will not be in Star Trek 2, I’m afraid,” he said in an appearance over the weekend at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (via The Daily Blam). He also mentioned that he thinks the movie will start shooting this summer, but seeing as he’s not actually in the movie you might want to look to other sources for more accurate info.
And now I leave you with a brief musical interlude …